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Humanist Manifesto 2000: A Call for New Planetary Humanism [Kindle Edition]

Paul Kurtz
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This entirely new Humanist Manifesto is designed to address the problems of the twenty-first century and the millennium beyond. Providing a strong defense of scientific naturalism and technology, it is offered as a contribution to the dialogue among the different cultural, political, and economic viewpoints in the world.

Humanist Manifesto 2000 is formulated in the conviction that science, reason, democracy, education, and humanist values can enhance human progress. Drawing on the achievements of modernity - the success of scientific medicine, the overall improvement of public health, the Green Revolution, the conveniences of a consumer society, global communication and transportation, increased understanding of the natural world, and many others - the planetary humanism that this manifesto presents seeks to transcend the negativity of postmodernism and looks forward to the information age now upon us.

Humanist Manifesto 2000 promotes a humanistic ethics based on reason and a planetary bill of rights and responsibilities. It proposes a new global agenda, stresses the need for international institutions (including a new world parliament and regulation of global conglomerates), and concludes on a note of optimism about the human prospect. Endorsed by a distinguished list of humanist intellectuals--including Arthur C. Clarke, Alan Cranston, Richard Dawkins, Richard Leakey, Jill Tarter, E. O. Wilson, and eleven Nobel Laureates--Humanist Manifesto 2000 recommends long-range attainable goals and generates confidence in the ability of the human species to solve its problems by rational means and a positive outlook. This manifesto was drafted by Paul Kurtz in consultation with a twelve-person internal committee.


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About the Author

Paul Kurtz (1925-2012), professor emeritus of philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, was the author or editor of more than fifty books, including The Transcendental Temptation, The Courage to Become, and Embracing the Power of Humanism, plus nine hundred articles and reviews. He was the founder and chairman of Prometheus Books, the Institute for Science and Human Values, the Center for Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism, and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He appeared on many major television and radio talk shows and has lectured at universities worldwide.

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  • File Size: 831 KB
  • Print Length: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (March 1, 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002OB4T6O
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thought Provoking Proposal November 24, 2001
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This is a small but thought provoking book that deserves wider attention than it will undoubtedly get.
Humanist Manifesto is a summary of a humanist based ethical system that could be used to guide our actions in putting our species into a more peaceful and just course of action. Kurtz' organizes the principle clearly and they are compelling. Little argument is marshalled, wisely leaving the reader to figure out how it could be implemented, both in his own life and that of society as a whole. Yes, it is idealistic and envisions worldwide institutions to support improvements, but the vision is so clear and simple that the reader can actually believe that much maligned scientific naturalism could be the basis for a compelling ethical system.
Excellent for humanists who may need to be reminded that their chosen life view is a powerful tool for changing the world for the better, as well as for those who do not share that world view and need an introduction to a positive ethical framework.
Highly recommended!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Verification December 11, 2000
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This book is a great base for those who do not wish to receive the torment of organized religion forcing individuals to accept their faith or become a bane to society. Within it are numerous example of how to lead a non-religous life while still embrace morality and tolerance. I reccomend this book to anyone who wishes to find an outlet to repressed opinions and didnt know how to properly express them or would like to know more about being a humanist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guidelines for the Future April 1, 2005
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The "Right" in America likes to use the word "Humanism" to describe the enemy. Humanists are described as atheists and as amoral more than any other way. This is despite the obvious moral relativity deviations including the invasion of Iraq under profoundly dubious premises. It is Humanists that are accused of having an "end justifies the means" mentality.

This Manifesto, signed by nearly 150 scholars worldwide, is a plan for an international culture of cooperation. It is futuristic including plans for the ecology, education, agriculture and manufacturing that includes all of mankind's participation.

This book reflects the thinking that a better world can exist once the greed of global business is tamed. In this regard it is utopian. That hope is unlikely to bear fruit in any of our life times. Yet, it needs to be stated. The world is guaranteed of no relief for starving and warring Africans, and underclass throughout the world or of the continued despoiling of our eco system without a statement like this Manifesto being made.

That being said, here are some things this book is not:

-An amoral screed designed to give people a reason to do what they wish. The Manifesto is replete with personal and national responsibilities for the betterment of all of us

-A call for Communism or Anarchy. There is no statement that is anti-capitalism only the run away corporate greed that provides us with the likes of Enron or bid less government contracts like Halliburton.

-Anti-Religious, the Manifesto calls for the end of all religious persecution and intolerance world wide.

-"Take from the rich and give to the poor", it requires all people to be given equal advantages and to return to society, the benefits of those advantages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good summary of humanist principles June 14, 2013
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This was good to read if you looking for how humanism translates into a set of guiding principles for the human community to live by. I liked it and it helped give me focus on what humanism means in terms of the big picture. My only complaint is that I would have liked a bit more background on how they arrived at some of the principles - in other words, the "why". I would like the link better explained between the thinking behind humanist values and how it leads to a given principle. However, it is worth reading and I am going to continue my reading in this area.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book!! I think everyone should read it! March 9, 2001
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This is a must read. And once you do, read it again. This is what the world sould be striving towards! A common sence approach to life. This book goes over the seeds to solutions to some of the worst problems in this world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We Can Hope March 5, 2006
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Human ethics based on reason...what an idea! Well written, well-argued.(Also read "The End of Faith" by Sam Harris.) Let's hope we're evolving toward this.
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PAUL KURTZ (1925-2012), professor emeritus of philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, was the author or editor of more than fifty books, including The Transcendental Temptation, The Courage to Become, and Embracing the Power of Humanism, plus nine hundred articles and reviews. He was the founder and chairman of the Institute for Science and Human Values as well as the founder and chairman emeritus of the Center for Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism, and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He appeared on many major television and radio talk shows and lectured at universities worldwide.

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